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Militants Storm Palestinian Government Headquarters


Armed militants briefly occupied the West Bank headquarters of the Palestinian Cabinet Thursday, in a protest against the territory's new Hamas-led government.

Palestinian authorities say about 20 militants from the Al Aqsa Martyrs Brigades forced their way into the cabinet offices Thursday in Ramallah, the administrative headquarters of the Palestinian Authority.

The gunmen stayed for about an hour, before they were persuaded to leave by a police contingent that arrived at the scene.

Al Aqsa Martyrs' Brigades is a militant faction of Fatah, and the security forces at the scene were also under the control of Fatah leader and Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas.

Some information for this report was provided by AFP and AP.

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